I just received my new chemotherapy pill Xeloda®, which I will start taking tonight. This is the fourth chemo that I have had since all treatment for breast cancer, including primary in 2004. I am hoping the side effects will not jump up immediately and that I will have a week or so without anything significant. My dose might change as my doctor mentioned she might do something different from the usual dosage. I will find out tomorrow when I call her office. I have my stash of nausea medicines and need to get some for the other end of side effects. My husband has already gotten me some liquid food, which I have relied on in the past on chemo. It does not cause hair loss, which is little bright note amid the rest. I have gotten used to having my blonde and purple hair and would hate to lose it again.
The other significant issue is my face, which is looking more like a case of zoster sine herpete, or shingles without the rash. The pain is identical to what it was when I had shingles on my face years ago, but I do not have any of the blisters. They would have erupted by now for sure, since I started having the problem in the middle of February.
My breathing is improving, and I am sleeping a bit less though am still quite exhausted. After I finish writing, I will lie down again and take a brief nap.
My sisters have sent me some goodies, and that is a cheery note. One sent me some cotton tops, which I desperately need, and the other sent a box of Harry and David’s goodies, including their amazing pears and cheddar. Seems like I am ready for the next steps forward with my chemo. Keeping my fingers crossed that it works and kicks some major cancer a$$.
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